Harbour Apartments construction restarts

The Harbour Apartments construction site in May. Picture: ADAM McLEANWork has resumed on the Harbour Apartments construction site opposite WIN Stadium and developer Kollco Holdings believes it will be full steam ahead within weeks.
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Workers downed tools on May 1 when the contract with Camarda & Cantrill was terminated because the builder could not meet its contract obligations.

Kollco has since been working closely with unions representing disgruntled contractors owed more than $1.2 million and new builder Advanced Constructions to get the project back on track.

Chief operating officer of Kollaras Property Holdings, John Kollaras, told the Mercury there were workers on site this week, mainly meeting WorkCover and occupational health and safety obligations, before full-scale construction recommences.

Mr Kollaras said he had been involved in productive discussions with the CFMEU, and some of the subcontractors who had previously been working on the site were returning.

Those conversations were continuing, he said.

Subcontractors were left in the lurch when Camarda & Cantrill bailed out of the Harbour Apartments project, on the corner of Burelli and Harbour streets.

The Illawarra company was placed in the hands of liquidators owing more than $4 million.

Kollco Holdings Pty Ltd said it was in the process of “quantifying the amount of loss” it was owed due to the “abandonment” of the contract.

Its website says the high-rise will offer single level two and three-bedroom apartments with outdoor living and spacious balconies, and feature “cosmopolitan style” with coastal views.

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Find yourself feeling crappy? Try these five things

Georgia van Tiel and Carla McMillan of Bodypass get their happy on. Photo: Robert Saponja.We all go through times in our lives when life doesn’t go the way we expected.
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Things happen thatthrow us in the deep end and we find ourselves in situations we can’t actually change but that make us feel … crappy.

Perhaps this has to do with work. Or maybe you have a few days in a row where you had big plans and you get sick so you’re forced to take time off. Maybe you budgeted for something that’s become more expensive and you have to put some things on the back-burner.

These are all situations that are out of our control, yet they can send even the happiest people around the bend and bring on negative emotions.

If the situation itself can’t be controlled, then why do we feel crappy about it?

It’s the way that your mind reacts to it – or rather – the way your subconscious thought pattern ‘tells’ you to react. With exasperation, frustration, anger or hopelessness.

If you can become more conscious, then you can change the way you relate to a situation and that will change the outcome of something you would have perceived as negative to something that beings welcome surrender, feels calm or simply ‘meant to be’. It is what it is.

When we are overcome by our attachment to an idea we have in our minds about what things are supposed to be like, we spend a lot of time dwelling on the past or living with the future in mind and this does little for our state of fulfillment in the now.

“The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW.”

How though, do we change the way we see things in our minds to make the days we live happier? Here’s fiveeasy ways.

1. Recognise the emotion.

Instead of sinking into the pits of ‘should have, could have, would have’… be conscious of what it is you’re feeling. Is it despair, anger, frustration or loneliness? The emotion is there for a reason, even if it is created by the mind.

Give it a little room to be … feel it. We rarely, if ever, give our emotions a place to be recognised before we push them down and pretend they don’t exist. How many times has someone asked you what was wrong, only for you to say ‘nothing’, even though there are 15 things getting you down. Own the emotion and it is much easier to send that baby flying away.

2. Make a conscious decision to wave goodbye to that emotion, it’s fleeting.

Only you can make the decision to wallow in it – the emotion itself doesn’t make the choice to stay, you have the responsibility of control over it.

Picture a baby who cries for an instant over a toy being snatched away. Is that baby still upset about it an hour later? No. A baby probably isn’t too fazed about losing the toy even three minutes later. We forget to live in the moment like a child does and this is something we’d be much better off doing.

3. Talk yourself through it.

With pushing our emotions under the rug comes a constant habit of deafening our ears to our own voice. Many people today who’re dwelling in the past or existing only thinking about the future don’t have a good relationship with themselves. An excellent way of dealing with set-backs is to have a quick reality ‘check-in’ with yourself.

Phrases like “will my worrying change the future?”, “everything will work out as it needs to”, “What is this lesson here to teach me?” or “things are as they should be” will help you to relax and surrender in crappy situations.

4. Become comfortable with uncertainty.

As adults we hold onto negative emotions as if they will comfort us, and then many of us feel secure or safe feeling crappy because we’ve identified with that feeling for so long. It’s time to give yourself permission to be okay with uncertainty. The better you can respond to uncertainty in life the more opportunity you have to feel fulfilled because guess what? Life is never certain and we simply can’t control everything.

5. Breathe.

How many times in our lives do things happen out of our control and we go from whoa to CRAZY in .2 seconds flat? Unleashing fury and vitriol or helpless anxiety reaction over ourselves or anybody around us. And the one thing we forgot to do is breathe. Giving ourselves a small pocket of breath allows us to calm any instant negative reaction and follow the steps above.

An excellent breathing technique that calms nerves and reduces physical and emotional pain is the following. Try it today in a moment of stress or anxiety.

A slow count of four while breathing in, then count of four holding the breath. Then a slow count of four breathing out out and hold the breath out for four seconds and repeat.

What’s left?

A calmer, happier person who can roll with the ebbs and flows of life with peace, purpose and a strong belief that they are right where they should be.

JoinBodypassfor a variety of wellness classes to help you bounce back.​Alice Nichollsis a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Life Transformation Coach.

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Hoverboard charging stations? Library vision sought

Next generation: Acting Wollongong lord mayor Chris Connor with Thirroul toddler Tom Giles at the Thirroul Library. Picture: ROBERT PEETWollongong’s future libraries could have hoverboard charging stations, no physical buildings or just a lot of good old-fashioned reading nooks, according to the city’s acting lord mayor Chris Connor.
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Wollongong City Council, which is preparing to change its book services over the next seven years, wants residents to dream up their ideal public library.

On Monday, the organisation launched its Beyond Books strategy, and has called for public comment before staff begin developing the future library plan.

“As part of our work on this strategy, we’re looking at a range of questions including whether there are even physical buildings housing libraries in the future,” Cr Connor said.

“Or do we have more but smaller branch libraries? These are really interesting concepts and we want to hear what the community thinks our libraries should be like in 2022.”

As part of the consultation, residents are asked to imagine walking into a library in 2022 and to respond through the council’s website on why they’re there, who they’re with, where the library is and what activities/services the council should provide.

The council is also asking people to gather with friends or in book clubs to talk through the same questions and reply to the council by the end of the month.

Later in the year, library workers will hold stalls at Dapto Street Fair and Spring into Corrimal and will host a series of community workshops to develop a draft library strategy.

This will go on exhibition early next year, the council said.

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All set to raise a glass for beer festival

Blake Sherriff, Nadene Van Rooyen, Breanna Pinkerton and Damien Pinkerton gear up for Oktoberfest. Picture: SCOTT GELSTONORGANISERS of Oktoberfest Launceston still have a long way to go to get their inaugural event up and running.
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As of Monday, 79 tickets had been sold, well short of the 2000 that will need to be sold by the end of the month if the event at Aspect Tamar Valley Resort is to go ahead on October 9 and 10 in the Swiss-style village at Grindelwald.

But resort general manager Damien Pinkerton was confident that ticket sales would quickly rise for the beer festival.

‘‘About 15 years ago, they used to have Grindelfest here and we thought it would be nice to bring back an event such as that to the Tamar Valley, and this is the perfect venue,’’ he said.

‘‘It will be a unique event [for the area] with a fun atmosphere.’’

Tickets cost $20 a day and include a free, unfilled beer stein and entry to beer tent and free bus transfers to and from Launceston to Tamar Valley Resort. Tickets are available from www .eventbrite南京夜网419论坛/e/oktoberfest-launceston-tickets-17793651290.

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Ashes 2015: Big challenges, but bigger opportunities for Steve Smith as captain

Nottingham Just because Steve Smith is the only option to take over take over from Michael Clarke does not mean he is not the right – even the ideal – next Australia Test captain.
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When Australia begin their next red-ball series, in Bangladesh in early October, Smith will be 26 and four months, making him the youngest full-time Test captain since Kim Hughes at the end of World Series Cricket. That will make Smith about three years younger than Allan Border was – and he went on to shape Australian cricket for a decade.

Had has already thrice captained Australia in Tests, last summer against India when Michael Clarke was injured. Then, he had the vastly experienced Brad Haddin as deputy, and Shane Watson in the slips cordon. When he – pending Cricket Australia board confirmation – takes over in Bangladesh the level of experience around him is likely to be vastly inferior, given coach Darren Lehmann’s comments since the series loss to England that an overhaul of the team was probable.

“I’m not sure what the squad’s going to look like come Bangladesh . . . it’s completely different conditions, there could be some different guys on that tour to what there is here,” said Smith.

“I just think it’s really exciting for Australian cricket to see some new guys coming through. Hopefully they can make their mark on international cricket as well.”

One early indication of what Smith the captain will be like is one not likely to back down. He was unrepentant about the early aggression at Trent Bridge which saw him faced a total of only 12 deliveries for the match. And even with England already guaranteeing an emphatic series victory the captain-in-waiting did not resile from his pre-tour prediction that their Ashes opponent would not “come close to us”. He instead returned to the proviso he attached to those comments he made to ESPNcricinfo: that Australia played “the way we have been playing over the last 12-18 months”.

“I think we haven’t played well, and England have played very well,” he said.

Smith said the way he captained Australia last summer would be replicated if, as is assured, his elevation is approved by the CA board. One concession – a rare one – he made was that he had probably been too conservative in last year’s Boxing Day Test, when he batted on longer than expected before declaring knowing a draw was sufficient to win the series, and was what occurred after India finished at 6-174 late in the final day.

“I think the two games that we drew [in Melbourne and Sydney] I could probably be a bit more aggressive there and given ourselves more of a chance to bowl the opposition out,” he conceded.

While Clarke moved into the captaincy in 2011 he had spent almost the entire time since his debut in the team (his second home summer was the conspicuous exception). Smith has differed on that already. He was brought into the team mid-way through the 2010-11 Ashes series, and as part of the recriminations the flowed spent more than two years out of the Test team, and for the most part the one-day team too. He was made to earn his return through Sheffield Shield runs and did exactly that, which has brought respect from his peers to complement their fondness for him.

Off the field Smith is settled, with his relationship with law and commerce student Dani Willis helping bringing some non-cricket balance to his life. But it is not a replica of the situation involving teammate – and probably vice-captain – David Warner, who has hailed his now-wife Candice for helping get his life together.

One of the rarely mentioned aspects of Smith is how unusual it is for someone to have got a taste of international cricket, and the money and fame that flows from it, so young – he debuted in all three formats at 20 – and not grown up in public the hard way, as now-revered predecessor Ricky Ponting did.

Winning teams are generally more resistant to whispers of disharmony than losing teams are. Even if a vastly different Australian line-up gets off to a tricky start under Smith in Bangladesh, and maybe even the two series against New Zealand at either end of the home summer, Smith is likely to benefit from enough goodwill from his teammates, present and also past, that such an outcome would not be a crisis for his captaincy, rather a building block to what it will become.

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Canberra Raiders shoot themselves in foot again in loss to Wests Tigers

A dejected Blake Austin leaves Canberra Stadium after Monday’s loss to the Tigers. Photo: Melissa Adams Shannon Boyd of Canberra Raiders goes over for a try as James Tedesco looks on. Photo: Melissa Adams
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Most NRL teams can handle being outplayed, but too many times this year the Raiders have effectively beaten themselves with a lack of composure and impatience. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart acknowledged as much after the game, admitting his side “should have learned” from the wealth of close home losses which appear to have cost them a finals spot. Canberra is one of the league’s best attacking sides but when the game is on the line they’ve regularly being guilty of panicking and trying to score off every set. It was again the case against the Tigers. Canberra has plenty of points in them — unfortunately they’re yet to work out if they’re patient they will come.  SHANNON BOYD SMASH!

The Wests Tigers will be glad they don’t come across Raiders giant Shannon Boyd again this season after he and fellow bench prop Paul Vaughan turned the game on its head when they came on midway through the first half. Vaughan ran for 128 metres off 12 runs in a devastating 20-minute burst before the break, and the Raiders thrived off the momentum he created. Canberra was down 4-0 against a sharp-looking Tigers before the young duo came on. Boyd scored Canberra’s two first-half tries to give them a 12-4 lead. In the corresponding clash at Leichhardt Oval earlier this year, Boyd scored the initial try which helped Canberra overcome a 22-0 deficit, the equal biggest comeback win in club history. Unfortunately the Raiders couldn’t capitalise on the complete dominance of their pack.  BARNETT LOOKS A LIKELY TYPE

It was a bold call from Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to elevate debutant Mitch Barnett off the bench and throw him straight into the starting line-up in such an important game. It was justified with an eye-catching display from the 21-year-old back-rower. He racked up 120 metres and 24 tackles and justified his reputation for not taking a backward step toward anybody. With the emergence of Josh Papalii, Vaughan, Boyd and Luke Bateman in recent times, the Raiders pack has undergone a transformation from one of the league’s most experienced to a young and exciting one in the space of two years.  HOME LOSSES COST RAIDERS DEARLY

Canberra has lost eight of its 10 home games this year, five of those by four points or less. The perception the Raiders are tough to beat at home is a myth. If they lose to in-form Manly at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, the Raiders will eclipse the inaugural 1982 side (four) for the lowest number of home wins in a season in club history. Three times they’ve been sunk by a late field goal at home — against the Bulldogs, Cowboys and the Sharks in golden point. To their credit the young side has kept fronting up but had they won even half their close games, they’d be in the top eight.

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Boat accident victim Rob Royston remembered as ‘awesome guy’

A 30-year-old man is pulled from the water off Cape Moreton Photo: Supplied The rescue off Cape Moreton Photo: Seven News
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Ron Fankhauser, 30, was plucked from the water after a boating accident that claimed the life of his friend, Rob Royston. Photo: Facebook

Moreton Bay boat accident survivor clung to father’s dead body: RescuerThree people pulled from waters off Cape Moreton

A man who died in his son’s arms after a boating accident has been remembered as an “awesome guy” who passed doing what he loved.

Keen fisherman Rob Royston, son Leevi and friend Ron Fankhauser were knocked into the cold ocean north-east of Moreton Island on Sunday morning when two rogue waves capsized their boat.

They didn’t have time to grab life jackets and barely managed to set off an emergency beacon to let authorities know where they were.

Leevi and Ron were pulled from the water with hypothermia more than an hour and a half later but Rob didn’t make it.

“(The waves) went over that fast I couldn’t set EPIRBs and stuff off before we were all in the water so I had to dive back underneath the boat to get the EPIRB,” Mr Fankhauser told Nine News.

After activating the emergency beacon credited with saving his and Leevi’s lives, the father of three struck out for three trawler ships in the distance to find help.

Meanwhile Leevi held his father as the cold water slowly took it’s toll.

The 57-year-old died before emergency crews arrived to find his son still clinging to his father’s dead body.

Leevi’s friend Sophie Angel said he and his dad were best friends and fishing was their life.

“I guess you never think it’s going to happen to anyone you know and people say it all happens to the best people,” she said.

“Well it did because they were literally just the most amazing people ever, so kind.

“It’s honestly just a tragedy. I still can’t believe it’s happened. We all can’t.”

Queensland Government Air Rescue air crew officer Daren Parsons said the result could have been even worse if the emergency beacon hadn’t been activated.

“”There could have been three (fatalities) out there if they didn’t have a beacon,” he said.

“No one would have known they were out there until they would have been overdue.

“They were so far off the coast, it’s such a big ocean out there that the beacon’s sort of the only thing that saved the two other men’s lives.”

The trio were taking a new boat, which the hairdresser said belonged to another friend, on her maiden voyage.

Even more tragically, she said Rob had just beaten cancer.

“They’ve pulled him through that. He’s beaten that and just to have this happen (is shocking),” she said.

The hairdresser said Leevi and his father, who was an “awesome guy”, had brought their friendship group together with regular get togethers at their Beachmere home.

“At the end of the day at least he’s gone with something they both love doing and I think that’s what is holding Leevi together because they were both there doing something they loved,” she said.

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Ex inmate blasts Risdon’s healthcare

A FORMER Risdon inmate who suffered from gallbladder attacks says he stockpiled Panadol to avoid seeing doctors in prison, but the Health Department insists the service is well-resourced and of a high standard.
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The Launceston man, who was jailed for four months from January this year, said he suffered gallbladder problems before his imprisonment but his condition was exacerbated by poor healthcare and inadequate nutrition.

The man said he was placed on what he was told was a low-fat diet without warning or explanation about three months into his sentence.

His diary, part of which was given to The Examiner, detailed the meals he was fed while in Risdon: peanut butter, sausages and salami were prominent.

The man said the care he received from the Correctional Primary Health Service did not help his condition and that by the end of his sentence he preferred to take Panadol to alleviate his symptoms rather than ask for help.

Gallbladder attacks are characterised by severe stomach pain and are associated with vomiting, diarrhoea and chest pain. They can last between minutes or hours and in extreme cases require hospitalisation.

The former inmate credited his diet for the eight gallbladder attacks he suffered while in prison. He said he has not had one since he was released.

‘‘I refused medical assistance at one point because it was so appalling,’’ he said.

‘‘I became really frustrated. I was really stressed by the end of it.’’

A Tasmanian Health Service spokesman said inmates were given the same high standard of healthcare as that of the wider community.

He said the Correctional Primary Health Service’s five days a week service was complemented by 24/7 nursing staff and an after-hours on-call service.

‘‘CPHS has no record of a formal complaint from the patient in question about his healthcare at Risdon made either during his time in prison or since,’’ he said.

‘‘We encourage patients to raise concerns at the time of the issue so that appropriate action can be taken at the time.

‘‘If an inmate needs a specific diet for medical reasons, they are reviewed by CPHS and a request is then sent to the prison kitchen.’’

Prisoner advocate and lawyer Greg Barns argued the service was ill-equipped to deal with the high needs of its 497 inmates.

‘‘It’s grossly under-resourced,’’ Mr Barns said.

‘‘This is not 500 fit young men. This is a group of people with higher than usual rates of mental and physical illness.

‘‘I don’t condemn the doctors. It is just a chronic lack of resourcing.’’

The THS spokesman said inmates were supported by more than 40 full-time medical and allied health staff.

‘‘Prisoners who require specialist treatment receive that treatment off-site within clinically appropriate time frames,’’ he said.

‘‘Staff are employed from a variety of specialists areas, including mental health.’’

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Giddings pushes for Tasmanian workers

FOREIGN workers should not be the solution to Tasmania’s chef shortage, Franklin Labor MHA Lara Giddings says.
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The Tasmanian Hospitality Association says there are more than 140 vacant jobs for chefs and cooks across the state, with restaurants increasingly turning to importing workers on 457 visas.

The state government has pledged to work with the industry to attract the best possible people to the state, but Ms Giddings said the solution should lie closer to home.

‘‘I hope that we could actually grow our own, rather than bring others in to take jobs that really should be going to Tasmanians,’’ she said.

‘‘I can understand for industry that if they can’t get Tasmanians to fill those jobs then they have to find employees from somewhere.

‘‘I think what the government’s role is, is not to keep supporting foreign workers coming in and taking those Tasmanian jobs, but actually working with people on the ground in Tasmania.’’

Ms Giddings said she believed shows like MasterChef could spark an interest in young people to want to take up a career in cooking.

State Growth Minister Matthew Groom said the government was working with the industry to plan for the long-term, and wanted to bring more young Tasmanians into the sector.

‘‘Tasmania has got a great opportunity when it comes to the hospitality sector, that’s not just off the back of the tourism sector,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to work with the hospitality sector to make sure that young Tasmanians recognise that they can have a positive and exciting future, a positive and exciting career in hospitality.’’

There are about 270 TasTAFE students studying various cookery courses.

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Lambie’s son ‘ice addict’

Jacqui LambieSENATOR Jacqui Lambie has revealed her son’s ice addiction in Parliament in an impassioned speech arguing for involuntary detox for children.
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On Monday, Burnie-based Senator Lambie lamented her inability to fix her son’s drug problem while making an emotional plea on mental health laws.

‘‘I am a senator of Australia and I have a 21-year-old son that has a problem with ice, and yet even with my title I have no control over my son,’’ she said.

‘‘I cannot involuntarily detox my own son.

‘‘I am not talking to my son any more; I am now talking to a drug.

‘‘And I can tell you I am not the only parent out there in that situation; there are thousands of us.’’

In the speech she warned of the devastation of ice.

She wanted specific legislation for compulsory treatment for minors.

‘‘The way that ice is affecting these kids is phenomenal and it is a very, very bad result,’’ she said.

‘‘These kids will have three or four choices in their lives: they will either end up on a slab, end up in a mental institution or end up killing somebody else because of their actions, because they do not have control of the drug.

‘‘This is where this society is heading, and we are sitting here and we are not doing anything about it.

‘‘When we realise that this ice is a major problem in our society, it will be all too late.’’

Tasmanian community workers have warned that ice use could reach epidemic levels if not addressed.

The state government provided $4.8million in its recent budget, which would fund 12 new rehabilitation beds, although Rural Health Tasmania continues to call for early intervention and prevention services.

Senator Lambie said ice was a ‘‘mental health crisis’’ that would grow unless both federal and state governments took strong measures to prevent ‘‘mental health injuries’’ in young people.

She wanted political parties to consider national legislation making detox mandatory for children who were drug addicted.

She said Tasmania had a massive ice problem.

‘‘Australian parents deserve the right to speak to their children, not the drug, when they are trying to put them back on the straight and narrow.’’

She opposed a bill to amend social services laws, saying it would let the government cut the disability support pension to psychiatric or forensic patients accused of serious crimes.

‘‘It is very easy to take a populist position and vote for legislation which takes a hard line against people who are alleged to have committed terrible crimes and who have serious mental illnesses,’’ Senator Lambie said.

‘‘The harder position is to oppose this legislation on the basis that it undermines basic civil rights and the chance of a quicker recovery for people who are very sick with mental illness.’’

She said she was taking the ‘‘hard road’’ by voting against the legislation.

‘‘In this debate, I think the government has forgotten that the people affected by this legislation have already been assessed by the courts and found to be mentally very ill.

‘‘It seems that the government is trying to undermine the courts’ rulings and punish these people.’’

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Cyclone-type damage in freak thunderstorm

ON THE SCENE: Emergency personnel at a damaged building in Ulverstone last night.A LOCALISED weather event caused “cyclone-type” damage at West Ulverstone last night, according to the SES.
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What appeared to be a brief thunderstorm tore off part of the roof of the Lions club and damaged Queen Street shops, including the office being used by the Richmond Fellowship, SES acting regional officer Damian Hingston said.

The soccer club roof in Flora Street was also damaged.

“I’ve seen it from cyclone-type damage before where it looks like the wind has got inside the [Lions club] building and then it’s pressurised the building and then blown some of the roller doors out from inside,” Mr Hingston said.

“I spoke to the Bureau of Meteorology and they were not even aware of it so it didn’t even show up on any of their monitoring equipment. It’s just one of those things that’s dropped out of a storm cell.”

Some other buildings were damaged by debris. Mr Hingston said there did not appear to be any serious damage to residences in the area. Police were first to attend about 7pm.

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Dinosaurs come to life on stage

YOU can pat, feed and learn about the behaviour and habits of dinosaurs at Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo.
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This cutting-edge theatre production will be held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre on August 25 at 11am and 6pm.

“Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo fuses together extraordinary artistry with captivating scientific facts, all the while bringing a collection of dinosaurs to life in front of your eyes,” BAFC director Geoff Dobson said.

“Erth are recognised as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, both nationally and internationally, creating a menagerie of large-scale puppets.

“The world’s largest known flying insect, the Meganeura monyi, will even be there. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is suitable for primary school students.”

Student group bookings are available for the 11am show and there is a resource kit available for teachers.

There is also a puppet-making workshop on August 25 at 2pm, where children can learn how to make and operate their own dinosaur. The workshop is suitable for ages five to 12 and costs $15 per person. Bookings are essential.

The workshop is supported by the Unearthed Arts program, which, in partnership with MMG, provides access to quality arts experiences for the community through audience development activities, workshops and opportunities to exhibit and perform.

For show tickets or workshop bookings, visit 梧桐夜网burniearts.net or call the box office on 6430 5850.

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Applying the Heat on premiership drought

SOMERSET stalwart Leigh McInnes is the only coach to date to have taken the Heat to an NWBU senior men’s grand final appearance.
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That was in 2003, against Devonport.

“I remember it was a massive crowd and Mark Banovic came out and shot 23 points in the first quarter and that killed us,” McInnes recalled.

“We prepared well and did everything right but just couldn’t get over the line.”

While the 400-game veteran is no longer playing, McInnes said it would delight him to see the Heat claim their first-ever NWBU men’s title in tonight’s grand final against Burnie.

“Even though I’m not playing, it would still mean a fair bit,” he said. “I coached a lot of those guys and played with a lot of them – it would be fantastic for the club.”

McInnes said he would be at Ulverstone tonight cheering the team on, along with several other former players.

Current club president Graham Hyland has been involved at Somerset since 1993 and was also involved in the 2003 grand final defeat as team manager. Hyland is also hopeful the Heat can come out on the winning side of the ledger this time around.

“I feel calm and collected, and I just hope these boys can go on with it,” he said.

“Dave [coach David Kay] and Josh [assistant Josh Salter] have been two great coaches, they really have – they’ve put in a lot of time and Dave has done a lot of travelling [from Smithton], averaging three times a week coming up here.”

Hyland, who was treasurer at the club for 19 years and has been president for the past two, said a premiership victory would mean a lot to him.

“It would put the icing on the cake for me because I’m not getting younger, I’m 74, and I’m probably the oldest by a good 10 years of anyone here.

“It would be very, very nice.”

Current player Damien Aherne said the team was “quietly confident” of breaking the club’s premiership drought.

“We’re really focused on getting out there, everyone fulfilling their role, giving 110 per cent and leaving nothing out there,” he said.

Somerset’s men are aiming for their first-ever premiership in the competition.400-game former player Leigh McInnes and long-time club president Graham Hyland will be cheering on current player Damien Aherne and the rest of his team. Picture; Stuart Wilson.

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